Crime & Courts

SC man with son in car leads police on high speed chase

A South Carolina man lead Sumter County deputies on a high speed chase while his child with in the car, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.

Travon Antonio Williams, 26, was charged with child endangerment and failure to stop for blue lights after the Monday chase.

Deputies were holding a checkpoint on North St. Pauls Church Road when they spotted Williams, according to the statement. Williams, who was driving a gray Volkswagen, allegedly pulled into a yard before the checkpoint and sped off in the other direction.

Deputies tried to stop the car, but Williams kept driving, according to the statement. The officers deployed stop sticks, flattening two tires on the passenger side of the car, but Williams did not stop.

Williams finally pulled into a home on Crowndale Drive and was arrested, according to the statement. After making the arrest, deputies noticed the boy inside the car.

Deputies also found marijuana on the driver side floor of the car, according to the statement.

Williams was taken to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.